The AIS campus has been very busy with High Performance Camps this year.
“It has been fantastic to see so many determined, excited athletes coming here to the AIS to train and recover as part of their Olympic preparation” said Meredith Bone, Sports Camps Coordinator.
“The Matildas were here for five training camps over May and June so we’ve seen them a lot, they even had a kick with Mark Beretta from Sunrise” (watch video: http://yhoo.it/29pAz9w)
“We’re all very excited to see them compete for Australia.”
Caren Hugginson, Sports Camps Coordinator for all aquatic sports, said the Testing and Training Pool has seen a variety of action in the last few months.
“The Australian Dolphins Swim team, the Australian Synchronised Swimming team and both the women’s and men’s Waterpolo teams, the Stingers and the Sharks, have been regularly training at the facility.”
“It’s going to be great to see all those familiar faces on our screens in just a few weeks.”
Para-rowers Kathryn Ross and Gavin Bellis recently spoke to ASC staff of their early morning training sessions in the -4 degree temps and how it helps them prepare, “Everything is so hard and heavy it feels like lead in this weather” Kath said, “then when we get over to Europe, we find our times decrease because the warmer water feels so much lighter and easier”.
Cycling Australia Track sprint team, including the Olympic flag bearer Anna Meares, were here in April for some much needed recovery sessions.
The Opals and the Rollers enjoyed training on the newly refurbished Basketball courts during their team preparations in June.
Many Track and Field athletes preparing for the Olympics and Paralympics have been training at the AIS in recent months, including two sets of siblings, Jared and Rachel Tallent (race walking) and Max and Chloe Esposito (modern pentathlon).
The AIS Combat Centre has also been home for Shelley Watts in her lead up to Rio, as well as a training base for many other Boxing, Judo, Taekwondo and Wrestling athletes. In April, Kitty Chiller, Olympic Chef de Mission, even got into the ring with Shelley for a few rounds.
“We’re really proud of all the athletes who train at the AIS, the last 12 months has been extremely busy for all the team and we love that we play a very small part in the preparation our athletes have before they compete on the world stage” said Carly Whetham, Assistant Director, Events and Sports Camps, “We wish them the best of luck for Rio and we will be cheering them all on!”
View pictures of the #AISaction on the AIS Facebook page